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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ear [Heb. ʾāḇîḇ (Ex. 9:31), ʾāzan, ʾōzen, karmel (Lev. 2:14), melîlâ (Dt. 23:25 [MT 26]), šāmaʿ (1 K. 8:52; Ps. 55:19 [MT 20]), šibbōleṯ; Gk. akoḗ, akoúō (Mt. 28:14), enōtízomai (Acts 2:14), oús, stáchys, ōtíon]; AV also AUDIENCE, HEAR, HEARING, HEARKEN; NEB also ATTEND, “by
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
EAR1. The organ of hearing, our guarantee of God’s ability to hear (Ps 94:9). Sometimes the external ear alone is meant, as in the piercing of a Heb. slave’s earlobe for a sign of his choosing perpetual slavery (Ex 21:6; Deut 15:16 f.; Ps 40:6); also in the applying of blood on the right ear of the
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
EAR. 1. In the OT Heb. ’ōzen, possibly derived from a root meaning ‘pointed’, is used of the ears of animals (Am. 3:12), and more frequently of man. There are parallels to this word in other Near Eastern languages. The denominative verb ’āzan (in the Hiph’îl) means ‘to give ear’, ‘to hear’. In the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
EarThe oral texture of Israelite religion placed great value upon the ear. Hearing, listening, understanding, and obeying were closely connected (Prov. 18:15; Job 13:1), with the ear being both instrument and symbol. Ears are the path to wisdom (Prov. 2:2) and knowledge (18:15). The ears test words
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ear The physical organ of sound (usually Heb. ˒ôzen) with which human beings and animals receive external stimuli (Job. 12:11). While the Israelites were familiar with the physical ear, they were more concerned with understanding (13:1) and heeding what was heard (e.g., Deut. 6:3; “to give ear” [Heb.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
EAR. The organ of hearing. We learn from Scripture that blood was put upon the right ear of the priests at their consecration (Ex. 29:20; Lev. 8:23) and of the healed leper in his cleansing (14:14). They were often adorned with rings (see Earring), and servants who refused to leave their masters had
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Earused frequently in a figurative sense (Ps. 34:15). To “uncover the ear” is to show respect to a person (1 Sam. 20:2 marg.). To have the “ear heavy”, or to have “uncircumcised ears” (Isa. 6:10), is to be inattentive and disobedient. To have the ear “bored” through with an awl was a sign of perpetual
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
EAR — an organ of hearing. The Bible speaks often of ears in a literal way (Gen. 35:4; Deut. 15:17). But far more significant is the use of the word ear in a figurative sense to speak of hearing and even of understanding. Thus the verb “gave ear” means paid careful attention. Stopping up the ears means
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Ear, Hearing
Ear, HearingIn the Bible the ear is synonymous with the heart and mind as an organ of cognition (Prov 2:2; Is 6:9–10), and true hearing involves listening and understanding (Job 34:16). The ear is personified as hearing and understanding (Job 13:1), seeking knowledge (Prov 18:15) and testing words (Job
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
EAR<er> ([אֹזֶן‎, ’ozen]; [οὐ̂ς, ous], [ὠτίον, otion], the latter word (literally, “earlet”) in all the Gospels only used of the ear of the high priest’s servant, which was cut off by Peter: Matthew 26:51; Mark 14:47; Luke 22:51 (not 22:50); John 18:10, 26):1. The physical organ of
Compton’s Encyclopedia
earVibrations of air molecules moving through the air are received and translated into messages that the brain recognizes as sound by a complex organ—the ear. The ear has two important, but different, functions: hearing and sensing the body’s equilibrium, or balance. The mechanisms for these processes
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Ear. (Anglo-Saxon, eáre.)A deaf ear. One that refuses to listen; as if it heard not.Bow down Thine ear. Condescend to hear or listen. (Ps. 31:2.)By ear. To sing or play by ear means to sing or play without knowledge of musical notes, depending on the ear only.Give ear to … Listen to; give attention